Photographer and visual artist Olof Grind, AKA Luminous Kid, can now add “upstart indie musician” to their already impressive resume.
The Swedish artist has teamed up with friend and former client Phoebe Bridgers on the new song ‘Mountain Crystals’, the first release from their upcoming debut album at the end of the dream.
Grind and Bridgers have previously worked together on Bridgers’ 2020 album Punisher, for which Grind shot the cover photo.
The video for ‘Mountain Crystals’ shows most of the song’s lyrics superimposed over the naked bodies of Grind and another individual caught in increasingly intimate moments. That is until the end when the visuals dissolve into a 2001: A Space Odyssey-like psychedelic collage of colours and noises.
The song itself, which mixes in some of the twee folk sensibilities that Bridgers herself has toyed with over the years, sounds like it would be right at home in a Wes Anderson montage or on the second side of Punisher. Musically, the song acts as a sort of lullaby, lulling you into a state of comfort and tranquillity with gentle ukulele strums and faint hand claps. Actually, now that I think about it, if you told me this was an outtake from Sufjan Stevens’ Call Me By Your Name soundtrack cuts, I would not be surprised in the slightest.
Grind is already prepared to stand up as a positive force in the world of entertainment. “I think the more role models and queer experiences that exist in popular culture, the better,” Luminous Kid said in a statement about his forthcoming album. “If a song or a work of art can make a sad and trapped young queer person feel better about themselves, then it is a step in the right direction.”
Check out the video for ‘Mountain Crystals’ down below. at the end of the dream is set to be released on April 23rd.